Yesterday I lovingly stitched the finally stitches of Elle's baby quilt. I have to admit I'm a little sad that this project is over but hope that Elle find lots of love in her blanket one day.
The log cabin and square-within-a-square quilt design is totally inspired by a quilt Rita from Red Pepper Quilts created--in fact I even used her pattern (lol--and color scheme). I fell in love with this quilt months and months ago and knew I had to sew it as soon as I found out I was expecting a girl. I don't typically sew from patterns, but halfway through my pregnancy I decided to let someone else do the math for me. Well worth it. If you have a love for quilting, please check out Rita's blog. Her work is simply gorgeous. And what more fun than my sister also making this quilt with me?
This is my second machine-quilted quilt (see here for disappearing nine-patch) and I still have so much to learn about the craft. While my piecing is spot-on, the quilting part needs a bit of work. The nine patch I sewed in straight lines so this time I wrangled the quilt around the machine to sew squares around the boxes. I had lots of problem with tension and the maroon thread popping up onto the top of the quilt; add in a fussy newborn baby and it was the recipe for lots of frustration. I finally managed to finish and just keep telling myself that this quilt is absolutely made with love. The imperfections will most likely only be noticed by me.
So, from start to finish...
17 different pinks for the top and two more for the backing and binding. Didn't pay attention to the designers of the fabric--all picked up at my local quilt shop, Quilt Asylum. The final dimensions are 60x60--perfect for a playmat or a picnic or a fort or whatever her heart desires.
Now...on to Scott's quilt! All the squares are cut, just need to piece them together. I'm going to try to work up the courage to free motion quilt his. [holding breath in fear].
Lots of Love,
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